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Abbott’s lean machines


bbott, a leader in the diabetics field, designs, develops and manufactures leading-edge glucose monitoring systems to

help patients better manage their diabetes. Opened in 2006, Abbott’s Donegal site has become the sole worldwide manu- facturer of the Freestyle range of diag- nostic test strips, manufactured to meet the rapid growth in demand for diabetes care built from the increased incidence and detection of diabetes worldwide. The site has seen, and continues to see, considerable growth. This includes the

introduction of new packaging lines and manufacturing equipment to provide to help meet the demands in supplying the global market for Freestyle Strips. This expansion has been made possible through significant financial investment. Huge internal reconstruc- tion has improved the layout of the plant and equipment has been upgraded to improve efficiency and environmental performance. Part of this expansion has seen Abbott seek out intuitive floor space-saving solu- tions to help increase its storage space and improve its overall operational efficiency. It did this through approaching Industore, a leader in automated storage solu- tions, to install nine Hänel Lean-Lifts to hold samples, financial docu- ments and engineering spares. Trevor Elliot, regional manager for

Industore has just completed the sale of nine Hänel Lean-Lifts to the international pharmaceutical company Abbott to its diabetes care and research facility in Donegal, Ireland.

– they were convinced that their expansion demanded the best solution for the job, and thus they swiftly ordered nine Lean-Lifts.”

Industore in Ireland, said: “The recent ac- quisition by Abbotts of the Hänel Lean-Lifts shows our continuing strength in the phar- maceutical marketplace here in Ireland. The Donegal site had experience of other automated storage solutions; however, after visiting some of their sister plants where a number of Lean-Lifts are also operation – and hearing the positive recommendations

20 August 2012 Storage Handling Distribution

‘WAREHOUSE IN A CABINET’ The Hänel Lean-Lift is both storage rationali- sation and goods protection in one. At the centre of this closed system is a computer- controlled positioning lift – the ‘extractor’. In front of it and behind it are the storage shelves. This is where the articles are stored in containers in height-optimised positions, so that no space is lost. The storage locations are accessed automatically under electronic control by means of the extractor, which stores or retrieves the requested container. The goods are then delivered to the retrieval area at the correct ergonomic height. This ingenious principle finds applications in a wide variety of industries: the medical technology and electrical engineering sectors (for which ESD versions are possible), and also in the automotive, aircraft and pharma- ceutical industries, or in mechanical engineer- ing, the mail-order and wholesale trades. The Hänel Lean-Lift uses the available room height in a similar way to a high- bay warehouse or miniload system. This produces maximum storage capac- ity on a minimal footprint, saving costs and helping to utilise the area dedi- cated to storage more economically. Access times are radically re- duced and order-picking perfor- mance substantially improved. Hänel Lean-Lifts can be installed next to each other and even span several build- ing levels, with multiple access points one above the other. Height changes can be made post-installation using solid slot-in joints with plug welds. n

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